Hi all, just wanted to ask a question related to focus pads. If you are teaching traditional karate and practicing multiple strike combinations on focus pads should you get students to do full hikite with non hitting hand or keep the non punching hand free and up front in a guard position (like a boxer) whilst the other strikes the pad?
If you are hitting the pads as kihon striking practice in single strike moves rather than in combos, then you want to get students to be able to do the same full technique as per kata. However, as real fights are fast and messy affairs an unattached hikite is pointless.
Hope this makes sense.